Credit Cards


  • Editor's Introduction: Credit Is Money, Debt Is Not Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:52 PM ET

    Many incomes are flat or down. The same goes for Investment portfolios. In many parts of the country, your house isn't worth what it used to be. People are losing their jobs, homes or both. Living with debt and credit has become a high-stakes, high anxiety balancing act. This special report will help you.

  • Debt Consolidation Has Its Pitfalls Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:49 PM ET

    With more Americans taking on more debt, debt consolidation may seem like a good way out. If so, do it sooner, rather than later and beware of these common mistakes.

  • Companies Want To Make Your Problem Their Business Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    If you’re one of the many American’s with bad credit, a credit repair service probably sound pretty appealing. But can they really fix your credit? The short answer is no. Here's why.

  • You Can Live Debt Free (Kind Of) Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:34 PM ET

    Is it practical or even possible in modern day America to eliminate debt entirely? It just takes discipline, sacrifice and a more liberal definition of what constitutes personal debt. Here's what we mean.

  • Six Steps To Restoring Your Credit Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 12:31 PM ET

    Luckily, if your credit rating is less than worthy, there are steps you can take to redeem yourself. First and foremost, start making payments on time.

  • The Top Three Credit Myths Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 8:59 PM ET

    You probably think you know everything about your credit score. Here's why you're wrong.

  • More Banks Tightening Lending Standards: Fed Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 2:38 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    More banks are tightening lending standards on home mortgages and other consumer and business loans as a deepening credit crisis exerts a heavier toll on the economy.

  • Credit Crunch Hits Credit Cards Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 2:26 PM ET

    We all know credit is tight, but now we’re seeing it seize in some very uncomfortable places, namely, literally, your wallets. The July 2008 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practice, out today, says "About 65 percent of domestic banks indicated that they had tightened their lending standards on credit card loans."

  • American Express May Face Moody's Downgrade Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 6:16 PM ET

    Moody's Investors Service placed on review for possible downgrade the ratings of American Express and American Express Travel Related Services and its rated operating subsidiaries.

  • Consumer Debt Grows At Fastest Rate in 7 Months Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 3:14 PM ET
    Credit card swipe

    U.S. consumer credit expanded at the fastest rate in seven months in June as Americans turned to their credit cards to keep up spending in the face of rising food and energy costs.

  • Credit Crunch Puts Pinch on Savings: Malpass Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 10:40 AM ET

    Today’s consumer credit report is expected to show that the economic slowdown caused consumers to borrow less readily in June, but David Malpass, president of Encima Global, disagreed.

  • Web Extra: Digging Out of Debt Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 8:49 PM ET

    Why refinancing your home is not the most effective way to get out of credit card debt.

  • One Family's Fight Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 8:41 PM ET

    Brandy is a single mother struggling to pay the bills and now she's about to lose her home. But Carmen's got a plan.

  • John Ulzheimer Answers Your Credit Questions Monday, 4 Aug 2008 | 3:22 PM ET

    The right way to combine credit cards, raise your credit score and more from On the Money's credit contributor.

  • Credit Card Stocks: Staples, Not Luxuries Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | 2:39 PM ET

    Robert Dodd, analyst at Morgan Keegan, gave his take on the world’s largest credit card companies, MasterCard and Visa.

  • MasterCard Results Beat Estimates, But Shares Fall Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | 10:00 AM ET

    MasterCard posted higher-than-expected quarterly earnings Thursday, but spending volume growth in the United States was weak and investors punished the credit and debit card network's shares.

  • Visa Profit Tops Forecast on Robust Overseas Business Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 5:24 PM ET
    Visa Card

    Visa, one of the world's largest credit card companies, posted higher-than-expected quarterly earnings of 59 cents per share—excluding onetime items—on higher international revenue.

  • How to Budget Your Money Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 4:32 PM ET

    Use my money chart to allocate your monthly income and see where you're spending too much.

  • Contributor Blog: Strategic Credit Planning 101 Wednesday, 30 Jul 2008 | 2:45 PM ET

    When you're debt-free is the best time to start building your credit. Because someday, you're going to need it.

  • Contributor Blog: Credit Confusion? I'm Here to Help Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | 4:42 PM ET

    How many cards should you keep open at once? Do you have to be rich to have a great credit score? The answers are here.